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chance of error. In addition to techno- logical advancement, Penn hopes for a larger emphasis on solutions-based sci- ence. “I think more and more we need to be asking the question of ‘What do we need to ? nd out to solve the problem?’

And that’s really important—what’s the outcome of the science? How’s it going to change the world?”

With a lifelong connection to the ocean and a unique view on the plas- tic pollution problem, Penn has opened new doors in scienti? c advocacy and ac- tivism throughout her career. Equipped with passion, curiosity and resource- fulness, her work demonstrates that no problem is too big for a dedicated crew of heroes. All you need to do is ? nd your superpower.

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